Ancestors Series

The Ancestors Series explores lineage and limestone.  Inspired by:

Gravity’s Law
by Rainer Marie Rilke (Bly translation)


How surely gravity’s law,

strong as an ocean current,

takes hold of even the strongest thing

and pulls it toward the heart of the world.


Each thing-

each stone, blossom, child –

is held in place.

Only we, in our arrogance,

push out beyond what we belong to

for some empty freedom.


If we surrendered

to earth’s intelligence

we could rise up rooted, like trees.

Instead we entangle ourselves

in knots of our own making

and struggle, lonely and confused.


So, like children, we begin again

to learn from the things,

because they are in God’s heart;

they have never left him.


This is what the things teach us:

to fall,


trusting our heaviness.

Even a bird has to do that

before she can fly.